Jul 162012
 

Owen Courreges

You know, if I ever have kids, I think I’ll send them to Company Burger for school. It’s probably cheaper than paying for a traditional private school, and I hear the cafeteria is awesome.

What? You say that Company Burger isn’t a school? It’s a burger joint?

Oh my. Somebody might want to alert Mayor Landrieu before he starts subsidizing it as a charter school. Continue reading »

Jul 142012
 

Craig Giesecke

I find myself in transition again this week, after walking away from a decently paying kitchen job. It only reinforced the idea that some of us either can’t or can no longer be simply employees, at least not for very long. We’re always bumping our heads against an overly low ceiling. A weekly paycheck is nice, but it’s also something of a leash that‘s too often pulled short. Continue reading »

Jul 132012
 

J. Monque’D Blues Band performs during the 2011 Feast of St. Henry Mass and Reunion. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Just a month after bringing joy to St. Henry’s parishioners by announcing the return of daily mass to the church, Archbishop Gregory Aymond himself will celebrate Vigil Mass in St. Henry’s prior to Saturday afternoon’s annual reunion block party. Continue reading »

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Jul 132012
 

At a “Fight the Blight” event in March 2011, Mayor Mitch Landrieu paints a gate around the pool at Taylor Park with Laquinn Huey, who was 8 at the time. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

City officials hope to bring a critical mass of volunteers back to Taylor Park in the Hoffman Triangle on Saturday, updating last year’s “Fight the Blight” efforts with this year’s “NOLA for Life” murder-reduction strategy. Continue reading »

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Jul 132012
 

Know the eBay terrain — here are some of the more important options for online shopping. (graphic by Christy Lorio)

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

I was sitting down with a friend a few weeks ago — a hip, in-the-know, bargain-loving type of gal — and over a lunch of ahi tuna salad and shrimp and grits I waxed poetic about my latest eBay find and how much money I saved. Much to my chagrin, my hip, cool, and decidedly-younger-than-me friend sheepishly admitted she’s never experienced the pleasure of bargain hunting on the “world’s largest online marketplace,” deeming it overwhelming and frustrating.

I’ve been utilizing eBay since 2000, long before flash sales and coupon sites became all the rage. And while I don’t frequent the site more than a few times a year, like a long lost friend that doesn’t hold a grudge, it’s always there for me with open arms when I decide to visit. My tricks to a successfully frugal purchase? Check your competitive side at the door, and limit your search to help better your odds at finding what you want. Continue reading »

Jul 132012
 

A passenger on a South Carrollton Avenue city bus was shot in the arm late Thursday afternoon by another man who had just disembarked near Washington Avenue, about two blocks before Interstate 10. Two men were quickly arrested — the alleged shooter, Devonte Davis, 17, and an alleged accomplice, Cordero Johnson, 23 — and police recovered the gun, according to Tania Dall of our reporting partners at WWL-TV.